4 Ways to Use Sparkling Laundry Essential Oil Blends

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4 Ways to Use Sparkling Laundry Essential Oil Blends

Essential oils and laundry just make sense. Instead of an overpowering detergent “aroma”, you can enjoy the fresh and natural scents of your favorite essential oils on your clothes and linens. If you’ve already got your hands on our expertly blended Sparkling Laundry Blends, chances are you’ve used them with wool dryer balls to give your clothes the fresh Lavender, Citrus or Minty aroma. But that’s not the only way to use these blends! Check out these four ways to use our Sparkling Laundry Blends with the world’s least favorite chore (aka, laundry).

In an Unscented Detergent

Thankfully over the years, laundry companies have started to realize not everyone wants a detergent that smells like “fresh rain” or “intense fresh.” Instead, you can easily find an unscented or free and clear detergent. When you add a sparkling laundry blend, do it on a load-by-load basis. Just add a few drops to your cap, mix it up a bit to make sure it’s thoroughly combined, and add it to your load. Luckily, this isn’t hard to mess up, so don’t overthink it and you’ll be golden.

DIY Dresser Drawer Sachets

Even after you wash your clothes, it might spend a while in a drawer or linen closet until it finally gets used. And by then, it may have lost any scent it had, or taken on the unexplainable “linen closet smell”. Keep all your clothes and linens smelling fresh with an easy scented sachet.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix the Epsom salt, white rice, and Sparkling Laundry Blend in a small bowl. Combine well and scoop the mixture into the small bags. Tie shut and place in drawers or closets for a fresh scent.

Make a DIY Linen Spray

Perfect for bedding, curtains, or upholstery, DIY linen sprays are the perfect way to refresh the scent or add a burst of fragrance to something that can’t fit in the washer. We like to use Everclear for our linen sprays because it emulsifies the essential oils and preserves the mixture. If you don’t have Everclear, you can also use witch hazel and Polysorbate 20 or the highest proof vodka you can find.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do: 

Combine your essential oils and Everclear in a 2-ounce bottle. Allow to meld. Fill the rest with water and spritz on linens for a fresh aroma.

And With Wool Dryer Balls

Lastly, we have our wool dryer balls. They are a simple and natural alternative to dryer sheets and an easy way to add a subtle scent to your clothes, fresh out of the dryer. After you’ve loaded your freshly washed laundry into the dryer, toss 3-4 wool dryer balls into the dryer for small loads. For larger loads, use 5-6 wool dryer balls. To help boost the scent, add 3-4 drops of one of our Sparkling Laundry Blends to a dryer ball and add with your laundry. For the strongest aroma, add the essential oils to the dryer balls during the last 15 minutes of the drying cycle when the dryer air is cool. 


What are your favorite ways to use essential oil in your laundry? Let us know in the comments below!


56 thoughts on “4 Ways to Use Sparkling Laundry Essential Oil Blends”

  • I buy unscented liquid because and when I think of it, I add either lemon or lavender to my loads. He does not like scents:(

  • I love these ideas! I’ve heard Eos on wool balls can be a fire hazard in the dryer though, is that true?! Just want to make sure we’re safe!

  • I cant wait to order my first set of dryer balls and have clothes that smell as a amazing as my home! Just starting out on my essential oil journey so glad i found Plant Therapy and a price I can afford to be able to make healthier decisons for my family.

  • I did a cheaper version of the wool balls by using cotton balls infused with some Plant Therapy essential oils to repel pests and keep my goods smelling fresh WHILE PACKING! Every box I opened up smelled so fresh and nice, unpacking was a joy!! I am excited to play with the wool balls and the recipe for the drawer sachets!! It’s perfect! My diy ideas were missing some oomph, and the epsom salt and rice sound like a perfect medium to absorb moisture while imparting the awesome scents! Thanks for the great ideas and products!!

  • Love the thought of free and clear and non toxic ingredients in laundry. My daughter and granddaughter have eczema. Way to go Plant Therapy.

  • I didn’t even think of using oils in my laundry! But how many dryer balls do I actually need? I only use one, should I be using more?

    1. This will depend on the size of the load. We usually recommend using 2-4 for regular loads and upwards to 6 for larger loads.

  • I love the idea of purchasing an unscented laundry detergent and adding oils to each load. This allows you to change it up a bit!

  • Can’t wait to get some wool dryer balls and use all the oils (not literally all) on them to make my laundry smell fresh without the toxins.

  • I’ve never used essential oils in my laundry, but I like the idea of using them to make a DIY linen spray. I love my linens to smell fresh and lightly fragrance. I’m strongly considering making a linen spray using lavender. Thanks for sharing the info!

  • I love putting lavender EO with the fabric softener. I also want to try making those drawer sachet and the linen spray. If I don’t have witch hazel or vodka, can I use alcohol?

    1. You will want to use a higher proof alcohol to be a sufficient emulsifier for the essential oils. It is recommended to use an alcohol that is at least 95% alcohol content. Everclear 190 proof would be a good example of a type of alcohol to use. Keeping in mind this does not act as a preservative, just an emulsifying agent 🙂

  • I have not had a lot of luck with scented dryer balls , I am keen to try the new laundry scents to see if they make a difference.

  • I love the idea of using laundry balls versus dryer sheets…and being able to customize what essential oil you want to use on them!

  • Great ideas I’m going to have to add some to my next order! Is the linen spray safe to use on upholstery?

    1. Our linen sprays have been tested on black rayon, white rayon, polished cotton, silk, leather, pleather, and carpet. If your upholstery is made up of any of these materials, you should be good to go! If not, we recommend testing the linen spray on an inconspicuous patch first.

  • Looks like I need to buy more dryer balls! I love the sachet idea too! Great to use when storing clothes for a season!

  • Lavender is my definite go to for my laundry balls. I make sure to add the balls towards the end of my drying time (ie: 10 mins before the cycle ends). Glorious clean relaxing scent!

    1. Absolutely! Simply add a few drops right into your liquid detergent. If your detergent is scented, adding essential oils will likely change the overall aroma.

  • Hi add lavender or whatever blend I have but I think it smell nice on my laundry few drops to the unscented detergent then white vinegar with a few drops of the E0 and lastly I add the blend to my dryer balls in my clothes smell so good

  • I make my own reusable ‘dryer sheets’. I have old washcloths, soak in vinegar that has Deodorizer blend in it and just throw one in the dryer with a load.

  • In the description it says: ” For larger loads, use 5-6 wool dryer balls. To help boost the scent, add 3-4 drops of one of our Sparkling Laundry Blends to a dryer ball and add with your laundry.” Does this mean add the drops to all the wool dryer balls or to just one dryer ball?

    1. Great question! We recommend adding those drops to one dryer ball, or splitting the drops between 2 balls. It helps to take the dryer ball that has the drops on it and rubbing it against other dryer balls to help distribute the scent. I hope this helps!

  • In the summer I like to add lavender oil to my dryer balls. Makes the laundry smell amazing.
    In the fall, I actually like to add germ fighter to another set of dryer balls because it makes the clothes smell like autumn.

  • I love to use lavender for the bed sheets and kids clothes and tea tree or clove for towels or anything else that needs freshening.

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